Friday, November 20, 2015

Out of the Darkness - Rescuing Old Tintypes - Page Three


For some, an old photograph loses its charm when "restored" to modern day clarity with all the age spots removed. Some photographs however, benefit greatly from just a nudge of enhancement. An improved contrast or the reversal of the yellowing brings out details that otherwise would have been missed and lost forever.

To please both camps of those who rescue old photographs, here are both the originals and the enhanced of just a few of the latest additions to Lost Gallery.

The old tintypes need a little boost sometimes. Instead of fading, the light parts of the photograph darken. By nature, a tintype is a bit dark to begin with.

Eventually, over time, depending on the care given them, they are lost in the dark shadows of obscurity. Here are a few that were brought back by adjusting the contrast a bit.

They are enlarged slightly for this page too. It's for the details.

And here are some other BACK PAGES featuring the TINTYPE photograph:
Tintypes - Page Three (This One)
Tintypes - Page Two
Tintypes - Page One
And here are some interesting examinations:
Out of the Darkness - Look what I found
Out of the Darkness - A Set from a Bag
Out of the Darkness - Special Group

Note: All of the tintype pages have had extensive revisions so they are being republished.

Tintype portrait
Tintype  portrait


Tintype man
Tintype man
Tintype boy
Tintype boy

Tintype boy
Tintype boy
Tintype boy
Tintype boy

tintype girl
tintype girl
Tintype family of four
Tintype family of four

Tintype couple
Tintype couple
Tintype man
Tintype man<










Tintype mounted
Tintype mounted
Portrait of a woman
Tintype Portrait of a woman

Tintype sailor
Tintype sailor
Tintype portrait of woman
Tintype portrait of woman

Tintype woman
Tintype woman
Tintype young man
Tintype young man

Tintype family
Tintype family
Tintype portrait of a man
Tintype portrait of a man

Tintype process
Tintype process
Tintype portrait of a man
Tintype portrait of a man

Tintype baby
Tintype baby
Tintype two ladies
Tintype two ladies

Tintype couple
Tintype couple
Small boy Tintype
Tintype

Tintype
Tintype
Tintype Woman
Tintype Woman

Tintype portrait
Tintype portrait
Tintype three men
Tintype three men

Three guys in hats and ties.
Three guys in hats and ties.

Tintype portrait
Tintype portrait
Tintype woman standing
Tintype woman standing


Tintype small girl
Tintype small girl
Man on horse
Man on horse

Tintype child
Tintype child

Didn't this one turn out well?

Tintype Man in light suit
Tintype Man in light suit

woman and baby (original)
woman and baby (enhanced)

And this one!

Tintype Man and Truck
Tintype Man and Truck

What a leap!


Tintype
Tintype enhanced
Woman, tintype
Woman, tintype

Tintype Girl in dress
Tintype Girl in dress
Tintype Girl in dress

This is not the same girl.
But it might be the same dress!

Tintype Girl in dress

Can't get enough?
Here are some other BACK PAGES featuring the TINTYPE photograph:
Tintypes - Page Three (This One)
Tintypes - Page Two
Tintypes - Page One
And here are some interesting examinations:
Out of the Darkness - Look what I found
Out of the Darkness - A Set from a Bag
Out of the Darkness - Special Group

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2 comments:

  1. Nicely done, and great photos to have remained attached to their paper folders. I find that the image clarity of this early photo process, even with the dark black tone, is often better than the salt prints that came later. However it's frustrating that there is rarely any way discover the history about a individual tintype, since they get separated from the paper folder and there are no clues written on the metal. Recently I bought a tintype that is in a folder and though there is no annotation, it does have an orange 2 cent tax stamp which dates it to the Civil War years.

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    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. The clarity is yes, astounding sometimes. That might be due in part, by the elimination of one of the steps in the photo-process: No negative, just an image direct from the camera. But they did have some fantastic lenses too.

      Yes, the unmounted tintypes rarely have any accompanying information because of the black surface. Your find with the orange 2 cent stamp is a welcome exception.

      These with the paper holders were a lucky find. They were mixed in with some CDVs and priced very reasonably. Sometimes the seller realizes their value and sometimes not. I once examined a small stack of tintypes that the seller had scratched his prices into the emulsion on the FRONT of the plate.

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